The track for fast trains at Elphinstone Road station, which was raised by the Western Railway (WR) in 2009 to avoid flooding, will be brought down to its original level. The raise is unlikely to deter the flooding of the track during the monsoon.
According to the Mumbai Railway Pravasi Sangh, a railway passenger’s association, the WR is left with no option but to tie up with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to cope up with the flooding.
Kailash Verma, general secretary of the Mumbai Railway Pravasi Sangh said, “Every year, flooding takes place on the Elphinstone Road station but this year, the BMC should help them [the WR] in pushing out water from the tracks,” said Verma.
According to Verma, the Elphinstone road foot over bridge, Carol Bridge, is very old, and to ensure passengers’ safety, the railway will either have to raise the height of the bridge or reduce the height of the fast-train track to meet its deadline of DC to AC conversion. The WR has decided to reduce the height of the track used by fast trains at Elphinstone road station by 20cm.
The WR, trying to meet its deadline of conversion from Direct Current (DC) to Alternate Current (AC) by June this year has implemented a temporary solution to reduce the level of the track.
“We have deployed four machines to suck out the sand that lies under the tracks to reduce its height. We have to keep the clearance between Over Head Equipment and the Carol Bridge by 4.69 meters. As the bridge is old, we can not increase its height, so reducing the track is a temporary solution,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO of the WR. The WR has installed the system to flush out the logged water last year.
According to Chandrayan, the WR plans to demolish the Carol Bridge in next one and half years.